7 Jun 2022

Helen Wicks Works


We are spinning into summer! We are dancing between momentum and pause. We are cultivating cross generational play and celebration! We are riding the arc, embodying both imagination and physics.

This world premier is made in collaboration with Ciarra D'Onofrio and Saharla Vetsch. We are grateful to Mexico City based Trompos designers Esrawe + Cadena's for their incredible inventions inspired by a history and culture of spinning tops.
Big thanks to the Bay Area Discovery Museum team.
Performance will take place outdoors. Come play! 

About the collaborating performing artists: 

Ciarra D’Onofrio is a dancer, aerialist, and educator with a passion for using dance as a means for storytelling, social analysis, and community building. She specializes in dance trapeze and trains in modern dance, aerial silks, and vertical dance. She has performed in redwood forests, cathedrals, and on trampoline walls, and most recently has danced here in the Bay Area with Zaccho Dance Theater and Helen Wicks Works. She studied dance and choreography at Lewis & Clark College where she received the 2015 Distinction in Dance Choreography Award. She then expanded her training in circus arts as a member of the Circus Project’s Training and Performance Company. She is recently a recipient of a Fact SF Fieldwork award. She has taught aerial arts to youth and adults for ten years, and loves sharing her joy for movement and creative expression with students and audiences alike.

Saharla Vetsch (she/her) is a Somali American independent dance/drag artist born and raised in Minnesota. Now residing in the Bay Area, Saharla has earned a degree in Performing Arts and Social Justice with a concentration in dance from the University of San Francisco. Her work centers intersecting identities and how they relate to one another. Her drag persona Major Hammy (he/him) seeks to spread joy and love by being the life of the party, and bringing the freedom of self expression he experiences through dance to others. Saharla was recently a performing artist in Zaccho Dance Theatre’s "Love, a state of grace". She currently works with Detour Dance and has participated in their “Up on High” film series. She has also performed with Joe Goode Performance Group in "Time of Change". At present she is a RAWdance Radiate fellow.

We are excited to share our process, play and performance with you!

HWW performances create a collective space for societal healing. We invite audiences to access happiness and liberation by integrating curiosity, humor, and personal ancestral stories into athletic and spellbinding live performance.
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